Philip Roth Biography Revealed: Author cheated on his wife and had a brief affair with Jackie Kennedy
The new biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth was among the most highly anticipated works of recent years, promising the cover on the celebrated writer who made a name for himself in 1969 with his infamous – and sexually explicit – novel, Portnoy’s Complaint.
The controversial book told the story of a sexually-driven teenage protagonist – many speculated to be based on Roth himself – who famously masturbates on a piece of liver that his mother later cooks for dinner.
Not surprisingly, it was labeled one of the ‘dirtiest books ever written’ by The New Yorker. Others believed that Roth wrote about a bizarre sexual encounter he actually had growing up in a middle-class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey.
Philip Roth: The Biography, released earlier this month, is expected to raise some eyebrows over the lurid topic describing his apparent misogyny and “ sexual depravity. ”
But this week, the 898-page book was pulled by publishing house WW Norton after biographer Blake Bailey, 57, was himself accused of depraved sex acts as well as rape and sexual harassment by several women.
Transmission and promotion of the only authorized Philip Roth biography, released earlier this month, has been halted as the author, Blake Bailey, faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse
Widely regarded as a giant of American literature, Roth received the National Humanities Medal from Barack Obama in March 2011. The author, who died in 2018, is said to have engaged in depraved sexual acts himself
Ironically, it was initially feared that Roth, who died in 2018 at the age of 85, would be ‘canceled’ due to the controversial content of the new biography.
But not everything in the book, which has been in the works since 2012, is crude and lewd.
The now “canceled” biography, obtained by DailyMail.com, also tells a sweet story of Roth’s brief encounter with widow Jackie Kennedy just 15 months after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Bailey’s book was published April 6
It began at a dinner party at writer Norman Podhoretz’s home in New York, where Roth sat on one side of Jackie and civil rights leader Bayard Rustin on the other.
Mrs. Kennedy was beautiful, alert, alive and very sad, ”he told his friend, novelist Alison Lurie.
‘I don’t think she knows what to do with herself. I was very pleased with her, to be honest. ‘
And it seemed like Jackie was taken with Roth too. The former first lady would have her social secretary ask to be her partner a few evenings later.
However, Roth only owned two suits and three pairs of shoes, which were not black according to the book.
He then went out to buy a pair of shoes from Brooks Brothers and walked around town so they wouldn’t look like new.
After dinner, Roth offered to hail a cab for Jackie, but she preferred to walk.
When he was concerned about her heels, she raised her hand to signal her black limousine appearing next to them.
Outside her upstairs apartment on Fifth Avenue, she asked, “Would you like to come upstairs?”
“Oh, of course I do,” she said, assuring him that her children John and Caroline were sleeping soundly.
They chatted for an hour, then a persistent kiss before saying goodnight – “but not before giving Roth a card with her home phone number and asking him to call her.”
The biography describes Roth’s “breathtaking insipidity towards women,” including his students, his sexual addictions, masturbation, and drug-induced impotence.
Roth is said to have had a brief romantic affair with Jackie Kennedy, which was revealed just 15 months after her husband was murdered, although the author ultimately decided not to continue their relationship.
“I wasn’t ready,” Roth confessed years later, Bailey wrote.
“What business was he dating the widow Kennedy, with only two suits and four pairs of shoes?”
They met again at a literary event and he called her when he learned she had cancer. He sent her a book, she thanked him and died two months later.
Of course, the book also describes Roth’s “breathtaking insipidity towards women,” including his students, his sexual addictions, masturbation, and drug-induced impotence.
Roth visited brothels in London and chose female students to attend a seminar based on their attractiveness and he regularly bragged about his adultery, Bailey’s book claims.
And now that the book is out of circulation, readers won’t know who were the famous women Roth claims to have seduced or attempted to seduce, such as Mia Farrow, Nicole Kidman, Ava Gardner and actress Claire Bloom who came in for his second. woman.
And one of these beauties – a one-off Playboy Playmate named Alice Denham, Miss July 1956, agreed to tell it all in the same Playboy song in which she was seen as the centerfold.
In her memoir, Sleeping with Bad Boys, she wrote that Roth feared he “ wouldn’t measure himself in bed with these drunken literary mastodons, ” including Norman Mailer, William Styron, Nelson Algren, Joseph Heller – just to name a few. to mention. – but there was no worry.
The book names several high-profile women Roth claims to have seduced, including Jackie Kennedy, Mia Farrow, Nicole Kidman, Ava Gardner and actress Claire Bloom (pictured) who became his second wife.
Roth was married to his first wife Maggie Martinson (pictured together on the left in 1962). The marriage ended after Roth was caught having an affair with one-off Playboy Playmate Alice Denham (pictured right) who spilled the beans about their sexual encounters in the same Playboy issue in which she was seen as the centerfold
“Philip Roth was a sex fanatic,” wrote Denham. He moved from boobs to – aaaah! – so fast that I was out of breath. Accelerated like his talk and his head. But once he got there, he hung around for a long time and steamy. Lukewarm men never move me. Philip was on fire. ‘
Denham was so excited that she sent Roth a card asking him to resume the affair that erupted into a rage for his first of two wives, Maggie Martinson, and attempted suicide with pills and whiskey.
Roth helped save his wife’s life by sticking his finger down her throat and making her throw up, but the incident spelled the end of their marriage.
According to the book, he went on to have an affair with one of his students.
In 1965, Roth went to parties looking for a new girl in the crowd of “America’s richest, most famous, and most creative people,” including Greta Garbo, Truman Capote, and William Paley.
He also starred with Frank Sinatra, Claudette Colbert and actor, producer Martin Gabel.
Roth also developed a friendship with actress Mia Farrow – who turned romantic at one point – in the summer of 1992, when Woody Allen was accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Roth’s friendship with Mia Farrow began at the same time that the scandal broke with Woody Allen in the summer of 1992, when he was charged with sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, at Mia’s home in Bridgewater, Connecticut.
Roth’s then wife, actress Claire Bloom, had suggested inviting Mia to dinner at their nearby Litchfield County home in Roxbury, Connecticut.
Roth was a game because he despised Woody, as did Claire, who disliked Allen and found him “fake from top to bottom” and “little resemblance to a human.”
Mia met Roth at a nearby liquor store and followed him home.
Mia found the dynamics in Roth’s house strange, and when he drove her back to the liquor store to help her find her way back to Bridgewater, Roth considered running away with her.
About two years later, they were both single and at the same party.
“That little smile that went on between us exploded like a baby atomic bomb,” Roth admitted.
They flirted and then disappeared.
When Mia returned alone, the visiting Czech president, Václav Havel, who was at the same party, asked if Roth was okay.
“He seemed fine as soon as he took his tongue out of my throat,” Mia reported.
They sat in Roth’s car and kept seeing each other in what Farrow described as “bursts of romance here and there, over the years, but the way close friends would have a friendship that had sexuality as part”.
Roth would often say in a routine between the couple, “Wasn’t I ever married to you between Sinatra and Andre Previn?”